12 Step and Other Groups

12 STEP GROUPS

From the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) An international fellowship of men and women who come together to share their experience, strength and hope with the purpose of staying sober and helping other alcoholics to achieve sobriety.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Alcoholicos Anonimos (AA) Alcoholics Anonymous’ outreach and support for speakers of Spanish.

Al-Anon/ALATEEN  Whether the person you are concerned about is still drinking or not, Al-Anon/Alateen offers hope and recovery to all people affected by the alcoholism of a loved one or friend.  Support for friends and families.

Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA)  Adult Children of Alcoholics is an anonymous Twelve Step for people who grew up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional home.  We meet in a mutually respectful, safe environment and acknowledge our common experiences.  We discover how childhood affected us in the past and influences us in the present.

Cocaine Anonymous (CA)  A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from their addiction; the primary purpose is to stay free from cocaine and all other mind-altering substances, and to help others achieve the same freedom.

Crystal Meth Anonymous Crystal Meth Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other, so they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from addiction to crystal meth.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using.

Dual Recovery Anonymous An independent, twelve-step, self-help organization for people with a dual diagnosis of chemical dependence and an emotional or psychiatric illness. Dual Recovery addresses how both illnesses affect all areas of life.

Marijuana Anonymous (MA) Marijuana Anonymous is a 12-Step fellowship that addresses the common problem of marijuana addiction.  There are in-person and online meetings.  The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop using marijuana.

Narcotics Anonymous (NA)  NA is a fellowship of men and women who come together for the purpose of sharing their recovery from drug abuse.  NA members are working together in a spirit of unity and cooperation to carry their message of recovery.  The only requirement for membership is the desire to stop using.

Nar-Anon Family Groups (Nar-Anon)  Nar-Anon is a twelve-step program designed to help relatives and friends of addicts recover from the effects of living with an addicted relative or friend.

Nicotine Anonymous  Nicotine Anonymous is a 12 Step Fellowship of people helping each other live nicotine-free lives.  Nicotine Anonymous welcomes all those seeking freedom from nicotine addiction, including those using cessation programs and nicotine withdrawal aids.

OTHER RECOVERY GROUPS

Bay Area Buddhist Recovery Groups  The Bay Area Buddhist Recovery Network supports the use of Buddhist teachings, traditions and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors. Open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths, the organization promotes mindfulness and meditation, and is grounded in Buddhist principles of non-harming, compassion and interdependence.

Buddhist Recovery Network (International) The Buddhist Recovery Network promotes the use of Buddhist teachings and practices to help people recover from the suffering caused by addictive behaviors and is open to people of all backgrounds, and respectful of all recovery paths.

Life Ring An abstinence-based, worldwide network of individuals seeking to live in recovery from addiction to alcohol or to other non-medically indicated drugs. In LifeRing, we offer each other peer-to-peer support in ways that encourage personal growth and continued learning through personal empowerment. Our approach is based on developing, refining, and sharing our own personal strategies for continued abstinence and crafting a rewarding life in recovery. In short, we are sober, secular, and self-directed.

SMART Recovery Our participants learn tools for addiction recovery based on the latest scientific research and participate in a world-wide community which includes free, self-empowering, science-based mutual help groups. The four point program is 1: Building and Maintaining Motivation; 2: Coping with Urges; 3: Managing Thoughts, Feelings and Behaviors; and 4: Living a Balanced Life